bland, overwrought, verbose
um, make kvothe a better character? seriously, 27 hours of listening to how great this guy is at everything, how all the women in his life are clever, beautiful, and totally into him (when he is no older than 15 at any point in his narrative, which is also odd; he must go about 400 pages without aging a day); how his main character flaw is that bad stuff happens to him--but not, apparently, by his own doing or his own faults. when he's punished at school, it's never entirely his fault. he's instigated by characters we're supposed to dislike (ambrose, hemme), defending himself, or just too gosh darn good for their silly rules. even the masters like, pity, empathize with, and sponsor him. there are perhaps two people in the entire tome--and it is a tome; in paperback form, you could probably kill someone with this book--who dislike him. everyone else, EVERYONE ELSE, thinks he's just the bee's knees, and neither kvothe nor the narrator nor the author seem to think otherwise. i can stomach a guy who's good at everything, but when it's written in such a way that even the author thinks he's the coolest, it just becomes a 600 page tongue bath of a fictional character. further, nothing really /happened./ there were events, sure, but nothing seemed to really progress forward once he was in the university. the main event of his childhood that he mentioned several times was being kicked out of the university--but we never see that. the book just trundles along, and then casually mentions the expulsion will come at a later date. and i could have done with a great deal less discussion of how crazy he was about denna. after the 50th ode to her skin/hair/eyes/laugh/touch, i kind of got the picture.
nick podehl made this so much more palatable than it otherwise would have been. some of his voices blended together (he seemed to have a single
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